Online Workshop – How to Make Longstitch Bindings

Join our new live online workshop and make longstitch bindings

This online workshop in longstitch binding teaches a traditional method of bookbinding that originates from Germany and dates back to the late 14th century. In this method, sections of paper are sewn directly through holes in the covering material, giving support to the spine, and flexibility to the book. It is a simple and extremely rewarding process and one that can be easily adapted once practiced, to include more complex designs and decorations.

We will provide materials in advance, as listed below, so that we all have the same items at the start of the workshop. We cannot provide tools, as we do at in-person workshops. The list of tools required is also below, some of these can be replaced with tools that you have at home, others may need to be purchased. When booking the course, you will also receive a 15% discount to the shop so that you can buy the tools direct from us if you choose.

We will cover:

  • the importance of grain direction
  • preparing a textblock
  • folding and trimming paper
  • preparing sections for sewing
  • preparing covering material
  • sewing the textblock
  • finishing the cover

You will come away with:

  • one beautiful A6 hand-made longstitch binding in leather
  • a template to continue to make your own bindings at home
  • an introduction into bookbinding
  • a basic understanding of the structure of bindings

The materials pack

We will send you:

  • Textblock paper
  • Covering material
  • Metal button for cover
  • Template to cut and prepare the leather
  • Complimentary needle and linen thread

You will need:

  • A cutting mat
  • A sharp knife – Stanley knife or a scalpel
  • An awl (aka bradawl / pricker)
  • A cobblers knife (a sharp medium sized kitchen knife may be used, at your own risk)
  • A bonefolder
  • A piece of waste cardboard
  • A metal ruler
  • Paper weight
  • Pencil
  • Scrap paper

How it works

Once you book you will receive an email containing a link to a zoom meeting and instructions on how to join that meeting. You will also receive a code for a discount in the the shop, if you would like to buy tools from us.

Online Workshop – How to Make Basic Pamphlet Bindings

decorative pamphlet bindings

Join our new live online workshop and make basic pamphlet bindings

This online workshop in basic pamphlet binding is the first stage of learning bookbinding, and is essential in understanding how a book is created. It allows the binder to gain experience in working with the grain of the paper, the importance of accurate hand-skills, understanding the terminology of a book and putting it into practice. It is a simple and extremely rewarding process and one that can be easily adapted once practiced, to include more complex designs and decorations.

We will provide materials in advance, as listed below, so that we all have the same items at the start of the workshop. We cannot provide tools, as we do at in-person workshops. The list of tools required is also below, some of these can be replaced with tools that you have at home, others may need to be purchased. When booking the course, you will also receive a 15% discount to the shop so that you can buy the tools direct from us if you choose.

We will cover:

  • the importance of grain direction
  • preparing a textblock
  • folding and trimming paper
  • creating end papers
  • sewing a single section textblock
  • finishing the covering
Foredge of basic pamphlet binding

You will come away with:

  • two A6 hand-made pamphlet bindings with two sewing styles
  • an introduction into the hand-skills required for bookbinding
  • a basic understanding of the structure of bindings

The materials pack

We will send you:

  • Textblock paper
  • Covering material
  • Decorative paper
  • Endpapers
  • Complimentary needle and linen thread

You will need:

  • A cutting mat
  • A sharp knife – Stanley knife or a scalpel
  • An awl (aka bradawl / pricker)
  • A cobblers knife (a sharp medium sized kitchen knife may be used, at your own risk)
  • A bonefolder
  • A piece of waste cardboard
  • A metal ruler
  • Paper weight
  • Pencil
  • Scrap paper

How it works

Once you book you will receive an email containing a link to a zoom meeting and instructions on how to join that meeting. You will also receive a code for a discount in the the shop, if you would like to buy tools from us.

Introducing The Book Hut Shop

Tools - The Book Hut Shop

The Book Hut Shop – handmade books, tools and supplies for conservation and bookbinding.

Alongside services in book and paper conservation and bookbinding, The Book Hut has long been a supplier of handmade tools and bookbinding equipment, and handbound books. Previously we have used a separate selling platform, but we are pleased to be introducing The Book Hut Shop, which is now online. Please do have a look, and keep in touch for new items regularly added.

We have some beautiful handmade books and tools that you will not find anywhere else and some practical supplies and materials created with use, efficiency and aesthetic in mind.

The new corner cutter in action

A handmade visit to South East Asia

As a few of you may know, I have recently returned from travelling parts of South East Asia and taking in some of the amazing sights to see in Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Bangkok.

Alongside photographing and absorbing the spectacular scenery and life, I did have my eye out (as always) for interesting hand made goodies and skills and was rewarded with a feast for the eyes in all the areas I visited – the culture of handmade goods is rife in these parts and always has been.

Books handmade in Luang Prabang in Laos

Luang Prababng in Laos had some amazing night markets that start up at about 7.00pm and go on past midnight, with all the stall holders making things as the night goes on.

Free The Bears rescue centre in Laos - please donate 🙂

This little guy (a moon bear) was part of a rescue organisation in Laos that is working throughout Cambodia, Vietnam. Laos and India to save these bears and protect them from poachers and changing environments. You can donate and adopt a bear, which is the only way they get fund for their projects. It was lovely to see them! This is the website link.

Button street in Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi Old Town in Vietnam was like nothing I had ever seen – quite amazing! Alongside the colonial architecture and more motorbikes than you could possibly imagine, they had streets that specialised in different objects, putting serious meaning to the term functional cluster! This was part of button street – not ribbon/fabric/cotton/wool – JUST buttons! And it wasn’t a short street either!

Handmade lanterns in Hoi An, Vietnam

These beautiful lanterns were a common sight in  Hoi An, Vietnam. Another very colonial town, beautiful cobbled streets and wooden balconies decorated with these lanterns. It was a lovely place to be.

Mekong Quilts in Phnom Pehn, Cambodia

More quilts, all handmade

Some additional goodies made by the Mekong Quilt women

This is another charity plug from me – these quilts were all handmade by women throughout South East Asia along the Mekong River – they are known as the Mekong Quilts. They all live in the rural parts of South East Asia and spend their days hand sewing and quilting these amazing works. They are beautiful and have fully inspired me to get back to work on my quilt!

My new tea cosy!

This might be a strange one to include, as I made it myself! However I made it throughout my travels, a lot of it on a sleeper train travelling down through Vietnam, so this funny little thing has been all over the world! I probably would have got most of down on the flight there was it not for the ban of knitting needles in hand luggage!